Chef Johns Lemon Ice Recipe

  • 4 cups cold water
  • 7/8 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  1. Dissolve sugar in water in a pot over medium heat, whisking while water heats up. As soon as sugar dissolves and water is clear, remove pan from heat. While water is still warm, add lemon zest. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding lemon juice.
  2. Whisk in lemon juice and lemon extract. Pour into a baking pan about 9×13 inches. Place in freezer until ice starts to form around the edges, about 40 to 45 minutes. Use a fork to stir up ice. Do this every 20 to 30 minutes until lemon ice reaches your preferred texture, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.